Bass Pro Shops are considered in the retail industry to be destination stores. Thereby, people will travel from all over a region to shop there. They are also places where people traveling will make a point of stopping to shop. So, you can imagine, when Bass Pro Shops announced they were looking for a location in upstate New York, the competition to land them was fierce.
They choose the Finger Lakes Mall in the small city of Auburn, New York which is located near the shores of Owasco Lake and in the heart of the Finger Lakes tourism area. A place where outdoor sports enthusiasts could easily get to when visiting upstate New York.
Sportsmen and women can find anything regarding fishing, boating, hunting, camping, hiking, kayaking, nature gifts and just about any other outdoor sport you can think of in the huge super store.
If you are a member of PETA or do not like to see taxidermed animals or trophies hanging on walls above you, then this is not the store for you. It is decorated like a hunting and fishing lodge would be in New York’s Adirondack mountains.
I asked and received permission to photograph in the Bass Pro Shops of the Finger Lakes. Taking advantage of my Nikon D700 digital SLR camera‘s ISO capabilities and the Nifty-Fifty, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D, lens, I found a lot of interesting subjects. Like this mannequin which I thought belonged more in an Abercrombie & Fitch store. Wonder if it got delivered here by mistake?
Of course, with Dad looking so spiffy, the kids must be indoctrinated into the outdoor sports lifestyle with their own stylish outfits. I would be concerned about losing sight of them in the woods. Wouldn’t you?
As I was leaving I could not help but notice something every rustic camp needs to go with the worn and comfortable furniture: Giant Fish Pillows!
If you are passing by one of these Bass Pro Shops and enjoy the outdoors, I would hardily recommend taking the time to stop by. Remember to bring your camera!